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FCC stops the clock on it's review of AT&T's acquisition of Alltel, as it awaits more information

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FCC stops the clock on it's review of AT&T's acquisition of Alltel, as it awaits more information
Last January, AT&T announced that it was buying mobile operator Alltel for $780 million. As the FCC nears the end of its 180 day review period, the Feds have called a time out and have stopped the clock. It seems that the agency has some questions about how AT&T plans on having some of Alltel's customers make the transition to the nation's second largest carrier.

With the purchase of Alltel's licenses and retail stores come 585,000 customers. Alltel's signal rises above 4.6 million people residing in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.

The FCC's concern is that AT&T doesn't have a game plan in place to transition Alltel's more than 180,000 pre-paid customers over to AT&T. It seems that while the FCC is happy with the way that post-paid customers will be making the switch to AT&T, the agency is worried about AT&T's apparent lack of attention to Alltel's pre-paid accounts. And the FCC is worried enough to stop the 180 day review countdown on day 175. AT&T says it will continue to work with the FCC to settle all issues.

"AT&T is extremely disappointed at the FCC delay today on this small transaction. AT&T is ready, willing and able to make significant network investments in these rural territories to bring HSPA+ and LTE services to Allied’s customers, an investment that will not occur but for this transaction. AT&T has actively worked to address FCC concerns and will continue to work with the Commission until all issues are resolved."-Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T

source: FCC, AT&T, PhoneScoop via AndroidCentral

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posted on 27 Aug 2013, 22:03

1. Blazers (Posts: 187; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


The feds loved Cingular back in the Bush admin days, now they seem to hate them during the current administration hahaha

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 23:00

2. Landmarkcm (Posts: 407; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Unless im overlooking something this looks like a pretty easy fix! Offer them the gophone 60.00 smartphone plan. I took a glance at alltels website and there prepaid starts at 45.00 for just talk & text with data starting at 15.00 extra for just 250 mb's and 2 gb which is what you would get with ATT is 25.00 extra. So again whats the major prob?? Offer them gophone! Same Att nationwide network as postpaid gets. Which is great. I have it & am satisfied using an unlocked Tmobile phone right now.

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 23:09

3. Landmarkcm (Posts: 407; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Unless the Alltel customer only wants talk & text, Well At&t GoPhone plan is only 5.00 more. Again I think there are more serious issues.. If they really make a stink they could just match the price.

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